missionaries and Supported Ministries

And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!
— Romans 10:15

Many of our members travel on Mission Trips throughout the year to different places and for different lengths of time. Please pray that their time spent with cultures far from home is fruitful and blessed for each one of them. Venice church also supports workers and organizations that take the gospel to all parts of the world. This page lists the missionaries and ministries that our church supports. May you be greatly blessed for your support!

global missionary Families

Important Note: For the safety of the missionaries and their families, the below list does not include some missionary families that are currently serving among the unreached people groups in Southeast Asia.

Eric & Joan Christensen


Eric’s global research on discipling movements aides people who are mobilizing toward unreached people groups. They have 3 children: Karis, Karston, and Kelsey.


Bob & Norma Jean Erny


Currently off the field, they continue to be active in various assignments.




Kathy is founder and CEO of Heavenly Treasures (see "Supported Ministries"). She continues to follow God’s calling to use her gifts and abilities to help the poor and underprivileged attain a sustainable livelihood.

Ken & Diane Kudo


They support missions work in Brazil by aiding and supporting local churches.


Mitsu & Karen Nakamura


Mitsu works in staff development, primarily providing biblical and theological resources to the Campus Crusades staff in Japan.  Karen does evangelism and discipleship. They have 3 children, Abe, Miye, and Emi.



Dave and Tomo Robison were working with JEMS in partnership with the Iwate 3.11 Church Network to provide support for the churches, communities and relief efforts along the tsunami-torn coast.  Currently, they are in the U.S. preparing for a church plant in Miyako, Japan, sometime this summer. They have three children: Titus, Felicity and Silas.


Sam & Jill Tabiendo


The Tabiendos minister to the refugee and immigrant populations in Madrid, Spain. They have four children: Olivia, Troyer, Jonathan and David.

Eric & Sue Takamoto


The Takamotos serve in Ishinomaki, on the northeastern coast of Japan. They are working Asian access and Be One to plant new house churches and the Nozomi Project to aide in the tsunami recovery in their community. They have four children: Owen, Annie, Olivia and Ian.

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In addition, we support missionaries that are sharing the gospel with unreached people groups. For their protection, both the missionaries and the countries they serve must remain unnamed.

Chris & Yuko Wilkins


Yuko is a pastor of a church in Tokyo. Chris is using various ministries to outreach to the community.They have 2 children: Caleb and Corey.


Don & Kathy Williams


The Williams serve in Chiang Mai, where Don is now the team leader for all Free Methodist World Missionsin Thailand. They have 5 children: Tad, Seth, Josiah, Katelyn and Michaela.

Colleen Wong

U.S. Based for Global Missions Support

Colleen is a missions mobilizer. She works with local churches, pre-field missionaries (those who have gone on short-term trips and are hoping to go long-term to the field) and mission agencies. She has two children: Josiah and Tim.

Domestic Missionary Families


Eric & Lucy Kaneshiro

Orange County

Both have lead roles in Epic Movement, an Asian-American ministry within Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). Epic Movement reaches out to students and faculty.

Sara Fong-Kwon

University of Tennessee

Sarah works through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to establish and advance witnessing communities ofstudents and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Gary & Shelley Nomura

New Hampshire

Shelley is a Co-Director for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) at University of New Hampshire, and Gary works as a Multi-Media Specialist for Cru's Northeast Region. They have three children: Miya, Jazmin, and Stefan.

Supported Ministries


Heavenly Treasures


This organization has developed a micro enterprise network, helping the poor in developing countries through handicraft industries. Through partnerships with missionaries and ministries (especially in Kenya), they focus on transformation of people’s lives economically and spiritually.




JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society) has expanded beyond just the Japanese and Japanese Americans. They are doing the work of evangelism, discipleship, teaching the Word, training, equipping, and unifying the believers and churches. Venice Church supports missions work in Brazil by giving specifically for this cause.

Set Free Movement

North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

The Set Free movement seeks to end modern slavery and create new futures in partnership with othersthrough community-based action.

She is Safe (fna: Sisters in Service)


Venice Church supports Sisters In Service, who aids widows and young women in the Sudan by training and equipping them to start their own business.


Zoe International


Venice Church helps the orphaned and sex-trafficked children in Thailand by volunteering time, effort, and donations, to the Zoe International program.